Most of all, O LORD…

Most of all, O LORD, forgive us…

for we have not learned the lessons of last year, let alone the lessons of our histories, and we are still aiming for the holy grail of self-preservation to the neglect of loving our neighbors.

Most of all, O LORD, be full of grace…

for those we injure and ignore because we are so certain that the best thing we can accomplish in the new year is to lose 10 pounds, update our wardrobes and secure a decent tax rate.

Most of all, O LORD, break our hearts…

for we have lost the collective discipline of weeping and gnashing our teeth, opting instead for finger-pointing and name-calling and gerrymandering for political popularity.

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